Ukraine MPs Want to Ban ‘Promotion’ of Homosexuality


Lawmakers in the Ukraine are pressing ahead with legislation to ban the “promotion” of homosexuality under the guise of protecting children’s rights.

The legislation, which was first announced in late June, has the support of deputies from across party lines, including key members of the ruling coalition as well as opposition forces.

Claiming the spread of homosexuality is undermining the institution of the family and reportedly suggesting that homosexuality is a threat to national security, lawmakers propose amending the country’s criminal code and laws dealing with public morality, print media, television and radio and publishing, to ban the “propaganda of homosexualism” so as to ensure the “protection of children’s rights in the safe information sphere.”

The bill would also serve to ban the import, manufacture or distribution of items relating to the promotion of homosexuality, as well as items deemed violent, or that promote racial, ethnic or religious intolerance or discrimination.

The RT writes that if the draft law is approved in its current form it would lead to a fine equivalent to $620 or three to five years in jail.

Human rights organizations in the Ukraine have vociferously opposed the move, with a spokesperson from Ukraine LGBT group Insight reportedly saying, “[The measure] is absolutely discriminatory. The bill strengthens censorship, restricts freedom of speech, which is the basis of mass media, and legalizes violence against homosexual people.”

The Ukraine decriminalized homosexuality in 1991. While constitutional guarantees protect specific classes of people, LGBTs are not explicitly mentioned and the courts have largely avoided a direct ruling to suggest that human rights guarantees should apply in cases concerning sexual orientation and gender identity. Further to this, marriage is defined as a one man, one woman institution and same-sex couples are explicitly banned from jointly adopting Clause 211 of Family Code of Ukraine. There are currently no anti-discrimination laws in the country.

The proposal to ban so-called promotion of homosexuality for the sake of the country’s children would seem to mirror a law brought into force a few years ago in Lithuania which served the exact same purpose and used similar language. Lithuania was heavily criticized by other EU memberstates given how overreaching the law was deemed to be.

The Ukraine’s move to further stigmatize its LGBT citizens may be viewed even more poorly given that the Ukraine together with Poland will host the final tournament of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. This decision, made in April 18, 2007, was supposed to give the Ukraine a chance to show off what the country has to offer. One wonders if extreme censorship and anti-LGBT prejudice are to be part of that package?

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Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

Tony C, the newest troll come to spread its hatred. god hates being used to spread hate.

percy harbour
Courtney Chandel5 years ago

News flash: Ron, you are basing a whole argument upon fairy tales, not all of which the world is delusioned by.

percy harbour
Courtney Chandel5 years ago

Seeing from your "profile picture" Tony, you obviously came on to this whole forum to troll. But it's a free country and I like to see what other people are thinking whether I agree with it or not, and to have good discussions- so nevertheless troll away.

Tony C.
Past Member 5 years ago

america is too far gone to ever follow nations who take a stand against this mental illness. The sodomites have so brainwashed us that today it is acceptable for a person to mutilate their genitals and masquerade as the opposite sex. How does a people sink so low to be badgerd into silence and accepting this mental illntess as ok in the name of ''tolerance''as if tolerance is the ultimate virtue. Society should be tolerant and accepting of race religion age and sex- without a doubt should not discriminate agaisnt those immutable-God given characteristics but to expand that aceptance to tolerate every sort of deviant [behavior] is wrong. Period.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

This could be the haven the Republican gay bashers could live in.

Drusilla P.
Drusilla P6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

In Ukraine, the politicians are weird, but I think the people are much, much nicer.

Empress Ginger
Ginger Strivelli6 years ago

the law seems unenforceable and an over reaction..but agree homosexuality has reached the point were it is not only 'accepted' but 'encouraged' now, particularly among teenage girls, society tells them over an over that them being 'bisexual' is's hot to 'kiss a girl'...all the guys want a girl who has been with other is 'hot' and sexy' to be with other girls. It is a really fragile time for girls in their teens trying to fit in, be accepted, be liked, be popular' and to literally promote lesbian behavior to such a group is terrible. I think all teens should be not pushed into any sexual behavior for such false more than a gay teen male should be pushed into 'being with girls' either. We shouldn't promote homosexuality and just accept it when it naturally occurs.

Louise D.
Louise D6 years ago

This was sort of done in the UK over 20 years ago in the infamous clause 28 bill, it wasn't that gays were the problem. It was a disgrace to the churches who have behaved like a pack of hyenas, exploiting prejudice and inciting hate and right-wing politicians who have been stirring the pot of prejudice with a vengeance. The thing it is not really going to save the children it is just going to make some children's lives hell.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Maybe some members of "C" Street, the phoney Church housed mainly by Republicans and whose members gave advice to the "kill the gays bill" in Uganda, are now giving advice to the Ukraine.